In order to understand the machinations of the so-called great powers, the first rule of order is to ignore their stated reasons for tensions. You know, things like human rights and democracy. A second rule of thumb is to follow the resources – oil, natural gas, uranium mines, and water. In this case, the real reason for Yankees to want war with Russia is that Russian natural gas has a corner on European markets. The US competing shale energy is too costly to produce. If Europe is stupid enough to take its marching orders from this collapsing Yankee empire, Russia can cut off its oil supply.